A cavity could be caused by a number of factors, and could lead to issues like infection or even tooth loss. To provide treatment, your Silver City, NM, dentist may recommend a dental filling. In today’s blog, we’re going to explain how we create a restoration that blends with your smile and is safe for people of all ages!
A Metal-Free Dental Filling
Metal fillings, such as amalgam and silver, have been used for decades to treat tooth decay. While effective, they don’t exactly blend with your smile. However, our composite resin is metal-free, safe for kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and even those with metal allergies, and can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile! You have a lifelike option that still lasts for decades, providing quality treatment for cavities. Placing this could prevent an infection, which could not only cause more severe discomfort, but the loss of your tooth as well!
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
How do you know when you need a dental filling? Well, a warning sign of a cavity could include sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, or a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two. If you have pain in your tooth, this could mean the cavity is in a more severe state, and treatment is crucial to avoid infection or abscess. However, if you attend regular checkup and cleaning visits then our team can keep a close eye on your smile for common signs of tooth decay. We then offer treatment in the earliest stages of demineralization, before you experience the persistent pain related to untreated cavities.
Placement and Prevention
To place them, we will use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Next, we need to remove all decay from the tooth. After we do so, we clean the tooth and then apply the prepared composite resin. Afterward, we shape the tooth as we cure the material under a light. Finally, we shade the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The entire process only takes one visit! To help reduce the risk of a cavity, we suggest taking time to brush and floss daily, and eating a healthier diet that is low on sugar and starch. You should also continue to see us for a checkup and cleaning twice a year. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, or how to recognize and prevent cavities, then contact our team to learn more. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health!
Do You Have Questions About Treating Tooth Decay?
To find out how we treat a cavity with a lifelike dental filling, contact Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by calling 575-534-3699 and schedule your next appointment with our team today.